Way before today's crossovers blurred the line between wagon and SUV, and even before an SUV was really a thing, there was the AMC Eagle. We have to admit that we never cared for these cars when they were more commonly seen, but they've somehow evolved into an interesting piece of 80's American Automotive engineering that we wouldn't mind driving.
No other US manufacturer was producing four-wheel-drive passenger cars when Eagles first rolled out of Kenosha, WI. 30 years later, it seems like maybe they had the right idea after all. This 1985 AMC Eagle would have been product of Canada, not Kenosha but its jacked up stance and wood panelling is unmistakably AMC.
This Eagle is the "limited" trim and the wood panelling carries on into the interior complementing a sea of tan leather and carpet. Power seats, locks, and doors complete the limited package, though the sport package would have been our preference with the plaid seat inserts. With only 55k miles, it looks to be in good, driven shape and is said to be on offer by its original owner who has kept it in a garage its whole life.
Even though these cars came from the factory with a number of rust prevention and avoidance techniques, including "Ziebart Factory Rust Protection", finding a rust free example is rare. This one seems to have spent its life in Connecticut, but the seller claims that it has avoided the ravages of salt and remains rust free. The provided photos back up that claim, including some shots of the spare tire well.
A 1985 build means that this car received the ability to shift 4WD on the fly, and that it has disc brakes. This wagon has the optional 3 speed automatic and the AMC 258 6 cylinder.
Outside everything looks good, if perhaps a bit tired. All of the chrome and trim seems to be in place, and though burgandy is our least favorite paint on these, we've grown to accept it as a signature color combination for these wagons. We're less accepting of the wire wheel covers and we would source some black steelies ASAP.
It's interesting to watch a car that we used to see everywhere and never cared for slowly become something of interest. Needing 30 years to warm up to a car wasn't the best thing for AMC's business, but this Eagle has survived and we salute it.
Fly like an Eagle and buy this AMC on eBay for an asking price of $8,900.
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